On Feb 8 After retrieving the campers the Plancius steams south for the Lemaire Channel – a narrow body of water between the Antarctic Peninsula and Booth Island that has the rightful reputation of being one of the most beautiful places in the Antarctic. As we navigate south the channel narrows to less than 600 metres as the protruding mountains on either side seem to close in on the ship.
On Feb 9 we were shuttled ashore at Petermann Island, the historic site of Charcots second expedition to the peninsula. Although the morning was overcast with high clouds muting the surrounding vista the sun occasionally shone through, adding a brief touch of brilliance to an otherwise drab landscape. We enjoyed the walk across the island to visit the Adelie penguins, whose numbers are dwindling yearly due to the changing conditions. We also took the chance to spy out some Antarctic cormorants before wandering to the southern end of the island where Sebastian had forged a trail to a peaceful lookout.
After a good amount of time ashore we were shuttled back to Plancius to get warm before once again going out on deck to watch our second transit of the Lemaire Channel. We were heading north again and onto our afternoon landing at Port Lockroy. The weather hadn’t improved by the time we arrived at this famous Station.
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